Paul Steinbach
Paul Steinbach (paul@athleticbusiness.com) joined the Athletic Business staff in November 1999, and now holds the title of senior editor. His work covering college athletics and sports facility operation has garnered several regional and national journalism honors, including a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and currently resides with his children Jack and Libby in his hometown of West Bend, Wis. In his spare time, he enjoys mowing patterns into his backyard ballpark — the naming rights to which are still available.
  • Tuesday, March, 19, 2019
    Man Faces Consequences of $120K Field Rental Scam

    The City of Washington D.C. has decided to take up a case involving a man who scammed an adult recreation soccer league out of $120,000 in field rental fees.


  • Tuesday, March, 19, 2019
    Texas A&M Moves to Dismiss '12th Man' Copyright Suit

    Texas A&M University has urged a Texas federal court to dismiss claims that the school's athletics department stole copyrighted material from the author of a book on the football team’s "12th Man" tradition, saying the athletics department has no separate existence from the state-run university and is thus entitled to sovereign immunity.


  • Monday, March, 18, 2019
    Bradley Sorry for Limiting Media Access over 'Brand'

    Bradley University has formally apologized for limiting the access to its men's basketball team of one media member in the wake of the Braves' winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament March 10.


  • Monday, March, 18, 2019
    Yale Takes Steps to Shore Up Recruitment, Admissions

    Yale University, one of several elite institutions embroiled in an admissions bribery scandal last week, announced Friday that it is taking steps to investigate what went wrong and what can be done to fix it.


  • Friday, March, 15, 2019
    Iowa Fights $2.3M Jury Award Over Practice Facility

    The University of Iowa has requested a new trial in a six-year battle over work performed on its football indoor practice facility, citing court errors during the first one, which resulted in a jury awarding the contractor in question more than $2 million.


  • Friday, March, 15, 2019
    Stanford Students File Suit Against Eight Schools

    The nationwide college admissions scandal has produced a steady stream of media analysis and personnel action on the part of institutions involved since it broke Tuesday morning, and now comes word that a federal lawsuit had been filed in California against eight schools the following day.


  • Thursday, March, 14, 2019
    NJSIAA Eyes Raising Member Dues, Tournament Fees

    As expected, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association finance director Colleen Maguire unveiled potential increases to membership dues and tournament fees Wednesday during the Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey state conference in Atlantic City.


  • Thursday, March, 14, 2019
    Memphis Attendance Up, Short of Full Grizzlies Payout

    The University of Memphis men's basketball team averaged 8,813 fans per game this season, according to turnstile count figures obtained by The Commercial Appeal through an open records request. That's nearly double the number from last season, when the university drew only 4,583 fans, and will result in a partial payment from the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies per the school's lease agreement with the FedExForum.


  • Thursday, March, 14, 2019
    The 2019 Purchasing Survey

    The 2019 Athletic Business Purchasing Survey offers our most complete picture yet of the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, with 1,075 respondents participating — our most ever.


  • Wednesday, March, 13, 2019
    Ex-Coach Beaty Sues Kansas, Claims Breach of Contract

    Former University of Kansas football coach David Beaty is suing the school's athletic department, claiming it concocted reasons to fire him to avoid a $3 million payout.


  • Friday, January, 05, 2018
    AB Today 2017: Our Top 10 Stories of the Past Year

    Deregulation and legal action. Out-of-control training and recruiting practices. These were topics that drew much of our readers’ attention in 2017.  AB Today has compiled a list of the top stories that broke in this space over the past year. Here are the 10 that garnered the most page views, in ascending order:


  • Wednesday, November, 30, 2016
    AB Show 2016: The Magic of Orlando

    There’s something about Orlando, Fla., that stirs the nostalgia in this AB Show-goer. It’s where the conference and expo (as it used to be known) was held my first eight years at Athletic Business, and it has been there another four times since. In all, Orlando has served as the annual home away from home for AB roughly half the time in our show’s 35-year history.


  • Monday, November, 10, 2014
    Get to Know Your Peers When Attending ABC

    This is a story about a conversation Lou Holtz and I never had.


  • Tuesday, August, 12, 2014
    Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH

    Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.


  • Thursday, January, 17, 2013
    Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o

    The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.


  • Monday, December, 03, 2012
    Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus

    The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.


  • Friday, August, 17, 2012
    Blog: Cheer These Pro Athletes for Giving Back

    Assuming your membership in the Latrell "I have a family to feed" Sprewell Fan Club has expired, may we suggest a couple of options.


  • Sunday, January, 17, 2010
    Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later

    Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.

    For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.


  • Thursday, December, 10, 2009
    A Choice to Make

    There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at sportsbybrooks.com. "I found none."


  • Wednesday, November, 11, 2009
    Hit 'Em Straight

    When the AB editors dedicated our July issue to best environmental practices in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, we managed to overlook one egregious hazard to our planet's health: golf balls.